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Krystal Russell

height: 180cm

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D.O.B: 22-09-2004

Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships

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A physically imposing ruck who dominates in the hitout department, Krystal Russell plays to her strengths. The Western Jets premiership hero has provided some of Victoria’s top midfielders with first use over the last couple of years, but is looking to become more dynamic to built on the hard work she offers in contested situations.

>> KRYSTAL RUSSELL FEATURE

As far as pure rucks go, none have been more prolific atop the NAB League Girls hitout charts than Western Jets tall Krystal Russell. While teammates Charlotte Baskaran and Montana Ham have attracted plenty of acclaim over the years, Russell has been the one providing them with first use as the competition's most dominant hitout specialist, averaging over 20 per game in the last two seasons combined.

The 180cm talent is one of those players who suits the 'master of one' moniker, with versatility an area she can expand on. Much of Russell's game can be summed up in arguably her best (and most important) passage of play this year. She popped up to kick the game-winning NAB League grand final goal; competing in the ruck contest, following up to win the bobbling ball at ground level, before booting it home with the last kick of the season.

At her best, Russell thrives primarily in the ruck but also uses her size and competitiveness to follow up and put heat on the contested ball. She may have timed the lone goal of her career perfectly, but the fact it came with her final disposal highlights how she can lift her overall production rate, to help each team she plays for away from the stoppages.

Further to that last point, Russell herself said during preseason that improving her running and kicking have been focus points upon linking with the Vic Metro squad. Doing so will allow her to work into better positions to mark around the ground and use her physical presence in different ways, or even impact as a rotating forward.

Overall, clubs will know what they are getting if they show faith in Russell. She competes and completes her primary role, with scope to add strings to her bow, especially against the ever-evolving talls at AFLW level. Being part of a premiership side helps, particularly when your final act in the team was to win the flag in the first place. There's a strong base to build upon.

FUN FACT:

Krystal Russell lead the NAB League Girls for hitouts in both 2021 and 2022, and booted the sole goal of her Western Jets career with the very last kick of the season – it just so happened to win her side the 2022 premiership.

Strengths
Contested work
Ruck craft
Second efforts
Size
Strength
Improvements
Kicking
Speed
Versatility

NAB League Girls

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2020Western Jets000000000000000000000
2021Western Jets32397180019190097084.04.98.91.023.82.40.052
2022Western Jets405191200521750841104.05.19.10.217.55.20.143
Total-7290162100071365017111184.05.09.00.620.33.90.195

AFLW U18 Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2022Vic Metro Girls107172001337311033.32.35.70.712.34.30.033
Total-107172001337311033.32.35.70.712.34.30.033

AFLW U17 Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2021Vic Metro U17s7613300220221023.53.06.51.510.01.00.037
Total-7613300220221023.53.06.51.510.01.00.037
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